Turning Obsolete Ships into Underwater Treasures
Turning trash into treasures is the philosophy behind REEFMAKERS™ approach to artificial reefing. Large artificial reefs are created from obsolete ships obtained from the US Navy, the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) and from many other sources. Once meticulously cleaned, decontaminated and deployed in the ocean, these shipwrecks, previously useless structures, become positive additions to the local ecology. Once under water, an artificial reef attracts a staggering array of marine life. It provides protection from predators, shelter from ocean currents, breeding opportunities and a supply of rich food sources.
Within days of being placed, tiny animals begin to attach themselves to the surface of the artificial reef. Small fish come to the reef to feed and lay their eggs, while larger fish migrate to the area to feed on the smaller fish and so the food chain evolves. Over time the biodiversity becomes larger and more complex attracting more marine life, scuba divers, researchers and fisherman.